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David Rout  

Founder of LG Celtics 
General Manager 
Head Coach, Devonii 2006

Coach Rout started the first Celtics girls team in 2008. He is licensed with both the Illinois State Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation. His previous coaching experience was with 12- and 14-year old boys in the Palos area, several of whom went on to represent their varsity team at Marist, Stagg and Sandburg High Schools. Coach Rout has extensive playing experience both in England and in the USA, most recently as the captain and manager of the St. Charles Celtics (over 30) men's team, Illinois State Cup Winner in 2003 and Runner Up in 2004, 2005 & 2013. Coach Rout spends his twilight playing years for one of the St Charles Celtics 40+ teams and of course is a regular for the 'Celtic Dads' at the Max. He served as Treasurer of the Premier Soccer League of Chicagoland, Chicago's largest mens' amateur soccer league, for 11 years and now serves on that league's board of directors.  Coach Rout learned many of his coaching techniques from Manchester United’s Academy coach Tom Statham. Over the past 12 years the two, together, have run private summer soccer camps in Palos and the La Grange areas. Originally from Derby, England, he feels strongly that although technical instruction is very important in a player’s development, much emphasis should be placed on self-conviction, confidence, team camaraderie and pride in the belief that these character building qualities enhance a player’s social skills. 

Andrew Taylor 

Director of Coaching 
Head coach: Luceni 2010, Caerini 2008, Novantae 2008, First XI 2006 Girls
Certifications and Licensing:  
USSF National 'C',National 'D' and National 'E' License, US Youth Soccer National Youth License, SFA Level 1 License (Scottish Football Association), Sports Brain Concussion Certified, Double Goal Coaching Certified.
Playing experience includes: Greenock Morton Football Club (SFL), St Mirren Football club (SPL), Stirling Albion Football (SFL), Prairie State Junior College (NJCAA), Deportivo Indiana (Ultimate soccer league) and he continues to play in local leagues in the greater Chicagoland area. 

Coaching experience includes:   
Head Coach, Team Chicago, 2008-2014  
Pro Academy Director, Team Chicago, 2009-2014  
Recreational camp organizer and lead trainer, Wheatland Athletic Association  
Feet First Trainer, Wheatland Athletic Association.  
Camp Counselor, PlayUsa   
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Coach Andrew has trained Celtic players for the past seven years, particularly focusing on foot skills.  
Coach Andrew believes that starting at the younger age and forming a stable and challenging foundation is the key. He draws out kids' strengths and guides them with technically and fundamentally sound skills set in all aspects of the game. "Once you stop chasing the victories and concern yourself more with progress, the victories will then come," says Coach Andrew. Currently residing in Naperville with his wife Lauren, his experience has been elevated by working next to and with some very high-level and experienced mentors. Coach Andrew strongly believes in teams being part of a family and always giving back to the community. With the help of all the parents and staff at his previous club, he raised over $4,000 dollars by shaving his head for St Baldricks. Clearly he believes in leading by example.

Chris Koenig 

Juniors Program Director 
Head coach: Regni 2012, Erdini 2011, Vodiae 2010, and Vellabori 2010

Certifications and Licensing:  
USSF National 'C', National 'D' and National 'E' License. Coerver Youth Diploma.

Coach Chris is the program director for Celtics Juniors, which is a critical program for Celtics. Chris was born and raised in La Grange, playing club soccer for LTSC for 10 years as well as playing each of his four years attending Lyons Township High School. Chris attended and graduated from Coe College, playing soccer for the Kohawks each year, with a Varsity letter each year as well. Coach Chris also plays for Stare Byki F.C. in the National Soccer League, a well respected amateur league in the Chicago area. Chris recently obtained his Coerver Youth Diploma to further assist the Celtics players he works with. 

He appreciates his local connection to soccer and fully supports the Celtics culture and vision. He believes that soccer has been and always will be an important aspect of who he is and loves being able to pass that onto to aspiring players. 

Bill Lanspeary

Head coach, First XI 2007 Girls
Bill Lanspeary has been playing or coaching soccer for the past 35 years. 
He grew up playing in Michigan where he played at Schoolcraft College and club soccer at the University of Michigan. 
He has been coaching for 20 years, the past 14 years at Lyons Township High School where he currently coaches the freshman boys and the varsity girls' teams. He has been selected as a region coach of the year twice by his peers in the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association. Bill lives in La Grange, is married, and has 3 daughters.   

Paul Labbato

Head coach, First XI Boys 2006
Head coach, First XI Boys 2005

Coach Labbato has been coaching soccer for the past 17 years. He has had great success with the Lyons Township High School Varsity Boys team taking them to a State Championship in 2009. In addition to serving as the LT High School Boys Varsity Coach, he also coaches LT’s Girls sophomore team. Previously, he coached at Proviso West High School, West Mecklenburg High School in North Carolina and Miramar High School in Florida. Coach Labbato holds a National 'D' license from the United States Soccer Federation and earned a masters degree in Education and teaches mathematics at Lyons Township High School. His love for the game of soccer is alongside his love for education. He believes in player development, teaching foot skills and, most importantly, helping players to gain confidence both on and off the field.  

Hope Spangler

Head coach, Cornovii 2009

Coach Hope has been playing soccer for 18 years and grew up in Western Springs, IL. She played for Lyons Township High School and finished her playing career at Western Michigan University. In 2013, she was a part of an MAC championship team, and the biggest upset in NCAA Women's Soccer history beating the number 2 ranked Marquette in the NCAA tournament. 
She began playing club soccer at the U8 level. Since then, soccer has been an integral part of her life. She is thankful to have made many lifelong friends through soccer and now teaches high school. Coach Hope is excited to be part of Celtics and to share her passion with the Celtics family.  

Jordan Stopka 

Head coach, First XI Boys 02-03 IYSA
Coach Jordan has been playing soccer since he could walk. Growing up in La Grange Park, he began playing organized soccer at the age of 5 and spent his earlier years playing for a local club, Lions Force, before joining LTSC at the age of 13, then took his talents to Ajax F.C. Chicago (based out of Naperville), where he played until he attended college at the University of Illinois.  Jordan spent two full (and part of a third) seasons with the varsity team at Lyons Township, captaining the team his senior year. His passion for the game continues to grow every day, evident in a schedule that rarely sees a day off from either playing or coaching the sport.  He continues to play several times a week, including for Stare Byki F.C., a local amateur team in the NSL). Jordan uses what he has learned as a player to further the development of his teams, and he hopes his love for soccer is passed down to Celtics players so that they continue to learn and grow through the sport.   

Brian Kapusta 

Head coach, First XI Boys 2004
Assistant coach, First XI Girls 2006
Coach Kapusta has an extensive background in soccer. As a young player, he played with the Chicago Magic and Lemont High School where he earned All-Sectional honors. As an adult, he played 12 seasons with the AAC Eagles and Lightning in the Chicago Semi-pro leagues which are known to be amongst the best of their kind in the country. 

Further, he twice trained with professional team Wisloka Debica in Poland.  An ISSA and United States Soccer Federation Licensed Coach, Coach Kapusta has coached with the Chicago Fire Youth Camps and Region 300 AYSO. He is a proud member of Celtics Dads and dad to four La Grange kids of his own. 
Anny Bierman
Head Coach, Setantii 2007
Physical Therapist

Certifications and Licensing:
National "D" License; Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy

Anny started playing soccer because her older sister did, but then she got the bug. During her four years of varsity soccer at Ursuline Academy of Dallas, her team won 4 state championships, and she was all-state for 3 of those. She also had a great club career with Sting Soccer Club of Dallas.  Her senior year, Sting won a state championship and made it to the regional finals. They also had success at the national championships as U19, U20, and U23. Winning all those championships and other tournaments was awesome, but some of her best memories occurred off the field with her teammates. She continued her career at Saint Louis University, where she was named C-USA All-Freshman team then All-Conference and Co-SIDA Academic All-District and All-Region her senior year. More importantly, she got a great education at SLU, where she earned her bachelors, masters, and doctorate. She has been practicing physical therapy in Naperville with Athletico since 2005.  She is married to the original Coach Stinky Feet (Brian) and has three stinky boys (Benjamin, Peter, and William). 

Brian Bierman

Head coach: Trebates 2011, Cateni 2009, Robondi 2009, and Bibroci 2006
Certifications and Licenses
USSF National 'C', National 'D' National 'E' License and F License.

Coach Brian has been involved with youth soccer for 25+ plus years. He started out training and working soccer camps and started coaching as an assistant men's soccer coach at Waubonsee Community College for 2 years. In 1998, he started training and coaching for Team Chicago Soccer Club. In 2005, he became the Youth Director of Coaching for TC. He has a passion for the game and shares these passions with his players by teaching them Brazilian foot skills and letting players learn how to make good decisions on the field. He resides in Naperville with his wife Anny (who is a better soccer player than he is) and sons Benjamin, Peter, and William. 

Josh St. Pierre

Head coach: Scotti 2005, Votadini 2003
Certifications and Licenses
USSF National ‘D,’ USSF National Youth License
NSCAA Advanced National and  National Licenses, NSCAA Advanced Regional and Regional Licenses
Brazilian ‘C’ License

My playing experience wasn’t stellar, but I grew up in Rapid City where I got to play on many ODP teams throughout my youth and travel the country playing in a variety of high level tournaments. We even went to Europe and played in two of the biggest tournaments in the world (London and Amsterdam). Although I was never the most talented player on the team, my motto was always to be the hardest working player at practice and always out work my opponent. That motto served my very well and allowed me to play all the way through college. It’s one of the main philosophies I teach all my players. One of my favorite quotes is, ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.’

Coaching experience:
Sparta/Nebraska Soccer Club/Nebraska Rush: 2000-2009
Lincoln Pius X High School Asst Head Coach/Head Coach 2004-2009
Nebraska Wesleyan University Asst Women’s Coach 2004 & 2005
St. Xavier (Chi.) Women’s Asst Coach 2010 & 2011
Lyons Township Soccer Club (Chi) - Head Trainer 2010 and 2011
Team Elmhurst Soccer Club (Chi) - Head Trainer 2012-2017
Joga Bonito Soccer Club (Chi) - Head Trainer 2012-2014
Evolution Soccer Club (Chi) - Head Trainer 2017-2018
My coaching philosophy is one that is focused primarily on player development. Although soccer is a team sport, you can not have a great team without a team of great players. My goal is to make sure every player has an opportunity to play at the highest level if that is what they want. I love not only building a player’s technical skills, but I love teaching mental side of the game as well (confidence, decision-making, creativity, communication, etc.) 

Oliver Mayer

Head Coach, Demetae 2009

Born in England, Coach Ollie has been playing soccer since he could first walk. After moving to the states at a very young age, he was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois. He first began his youth career with Team Chicago, then moving to the Chicago Magic, and finishing with the Chicago Fire Development Academy. Ollie played four years of college soccer at Western Michigan University, serving as team captain for his senior season, where he was selected for All-MAC second team, and All-MAC Tournament team. Currently, Ollie resides in Westmont, IL where he has lived for the past 2.5 years. He continues to play soccer a couple times a week in multiple adult leagues, one with other members of the Celtics coaching staff. The 2019 season will be his first coaching experience, and he is very excited to join the Celtics family. For Ollie, coaching represents an opportunity to stay involved with game that has given him so much. His soccer philosophy revolves around creating a fun, challenging environment that encourages kids to be brave and get out of their comfort zone to develop self-confidence both on and off the field."

Peter Follenweider 

Head coach: First XI 2005 Girls, First XI 2004 Boys
Coach Peter is an NSCAA regional licensed coached who has spent more than 25 years coaching at the club, high school, and college level as well as with the Illinois Olympic Developmental Program. In addition to coaching, Peter has a Master's Degree in Education and spent almost 20 years teaching English in the public schools. He is a recent Law school graduate and now practicing attorney. His love of the Celtics organization is based on the concept of producing well rounded players who thrive not only on the soccer field, but in all aspects of life. It is no coincidence that the Calli and Coriondi players are involved in orchestra, radio, basketball, and additionally excel academically. His philosophy of coaching is to always attack through short controlled passing and to always play with Conatu and Constantia.  

Jaime Morote

Head coach: First XI 2003-04 Boys, First XI 2002 MRL Boys, Iceni 2008, Caledones 2008, First XI 2004-05 Girls, First XI Varsity Girls
Assistant coach: First XI 2006 Boys

Certifications and Licensing:  
USSF National 'C', National 'D' and National 'E' License.

Coach Jaime Morote is a Chicago native and holds a USSF C license. He played at the high school and college levels in Chicago, and moved on to play professionally for ten years. He has also taught at the grammar school through high school levels for four years; Coach Jaime is currently also the Boys Assistant Soccer Coach at the Latin School of Chicago. 

He believes in coaching the way he learned to play the game. Coach Jaime begins his coaching by providing players with the basics: foundational, fundamental, technical and creative skills. He strongly believes in allowing players to learn from the game itself, by fostering confidence, self-reliance and the use of one’s abilities to problem-solve independently. He guides his players to discover the multiple possibilities that arise at any given moment in a game, and how these offer opportunities to learn important life-lessons.

Jon Hall 

Assistant coach, High School Girls
Coach Hall coaches our two U15 girls' teams. Hall is an ISSA and United States Soccer Federation Licensed Coach. He has coached soccer for eight years, mainly for the American Youth Soccer Organization and is a long-time player for United Serbs soccer club. Previously, he played for the Illinois Thunder (Rockford) in the National Professional Soccer League. He attended Northwestern University where he held the All-time Leading Scorer mark for 20 years (1990 – 2010). Hall was a four-time all-conference, three-time team captain for NU. In 1990, Hall was the first soccer player to be recognized with the "N" Club Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented to one athlete per year at NU. The award recognizes an athlete who exhibits good citizenship and significant academic achievement as an outstanding student-athlete at NU. In high school, Hall was the Naperville North High School all-time single season scoring record 1985, team captain his senior year and an All-State Selection in 1985. In addition to his soccer coaching experience, Coach Hall has coached a variety of other sports including basketball, baseball and volleyball. He is involved in his community and with his family, serving as a confirmation leader at First Presbyterian of La Grange, Indian Princess and Indian Guides chief and has also led several youth summer work trips. 

Nick Berbari

Head coach, Darini 2006

Nick has 20+ experience, He brings disciplined physical and cognitive training with proven results.
His playing experience includes: professional player for Chicago Power, Detroit Rockers, and the Rockford Raptors. Overseas Nick Played for FC Vorskla, Ukraine. His coaching experience includes ODP, Koerver, President of Total Soccer Inc.,assisted Bridges FC with Brett Hall; assistant coach at AU and Triton college.

Andy Newcomb

Assistant coach, Boys
Coach Newcomb has been coaching soccer since 1993. Before coming to Lyons Township High School in 1999, he started both the boys' and girls' soccer programs at Providence Catholic High School . Since arriving at Lyons he has coached in both the boys' and girls' programs, currently serving as the Varsity Assistant Girls' coach, a position he has held since 2002. Coach Newcomb holds a National ‘D’ license and has coached AYSO and club soccer in the LT community before. Throughout his coaching career, he has been recognized for his efforts and achievements - once receiving the Chicago Catholic League's Coach of the Year Award, once being selected by the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association as a Region Coach of the Year, and twice being selected as a Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Coach Newcomb is a History teacher at Lyons Township High School and has been an educator for 19 years; he currently resides with his family in La Grange.   
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